School of Education Degree Programs
Avila's School of Education has been preparing teachers since 1940! The School of Education has a strong tradition of preparing reflective teachers who impact the changing world.
"Be all that you can be. Find your future - as a teacher." Madeline Fuchs Holzer
Avila University's Bachelor of Science Elementary Education degree is a four-year program that recognizes the importance of classroom and field-based instruction. The curriculum provides teacher candidates with multiple opportunities to work in elementary classrooms throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Throughout the program, professors will prepare teacher candidates to be quality teachers who positively impact the learning of children and youth. The degree program prepares Avila students to teach elementary (grades 1-6) students.
Middle School Education
Middle school education is an exciting and rewarding career. At Avila, a student can prepare to become a teacher in grades 5-9 in a variety of subjects. The curriculum provides students with multiple field-based and clinical experiences in diverse settings. Avila's Bachelor of Science Middle School degree program is designed to provide depth in a content area as well as skills in effective teaching.
Avila offers middle school (5-9) teacher certification in four different concentration areas. Students must choose at least one.
Language Arts degree requirements (PDF)
Mathematics degree requirements (PDF)
Science degree requirements (PDF)
Social Studies degree requirements (PDF)
Special education teachers are in great demand. To meet this challenge, Avila offers a unique program to those interested in working with special needs students. The Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree leads to dual certification in mild/moderate cross categorical special education (K-12) and elementary education (1-6). The special education degree is often a five-year program.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Education is designed for students who wish to become a business teacher at the high school level. This programs combines the required business courses and education courses needed to become a certified business teacher.
The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education is designed for students who wish to become a chemistry teacher at the high school level. This programs combines the required chemistry courses and education courses needed to become a certified chemistry teacher.
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The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education is designed for students who wish to become a PE teacher at the K-12 level. This programs combines the required physical education courses and education courses needed to become a certified PE teacher.
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Secondary Education Minor
Students who wish to become high school teachers major in the subject area they wish to teach and a minor in secondary education. At Avila, a student can prepare to become a teacher in grades 9-12 in several different content areas. Avila's Bachelor of Science Secondary Education minor is designed to provide depth of knowledge in the content area as well as the skills to be an effective teaching.
Avila offers secondary (9-12) teacher certification in the following areas:
For information on the major, please click the desired major below.
Art Education (K-12)
Avila University offers K-12 certification in art. Students who wish to teach art will major in art and minor in secondary education. During the program, students will be exposed to elementary, middle school and high school art classrooms. Students can choose which grade level they wish to complete their Final Clinical Experience (student teaching). Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will earn a Bachelor of Art in Art and a Secondary Education Bachelor of Science minor.
For information on the art major, please see the Department of Art and Design.
Avila University's Bachelor of Arts in International Advocacy degree is a practical, engaging program designed to prepare aspiring professionals for careers teaching and advocating holistically for children and youth in and beyond educational settings. The program will prepare learners to support the physical, emotional, social and cognitive needs of children and youth across cultural contexts. Learners will develop deep understanding of the intersection between education, child development, world cultures and social justice. Learners will become trained educators, advocates and leaders who positively impact the lives of children and youth in their local communities and around the world.
International Advocacy Minor
Avila University also offers a Bachelor of Arts minor in International Advocacy. This 18 hour minor is attractive to teacher preparation majors, nursing majors, international business majors, and social work majors.
International Advocacy minor requirements (PDF)
Intensive Language and Culture Program
International students who need to improve their English will enroll in English as a Second Language courses. Avila University's Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP) offers offers four levels of English as a Second Language courses. The fall and spring semester courses are all 3-credit hour courses and meet 5 days a week for 50 minutes per day. Students are tested to determine the appropriate level. These courses are pre-academic courses and do not count towards a degree. Additional study hours are required outside of the classroom.
Click here (PDF) to see the ILCP courses offered.
No Major or Minor is offered.